10 Ways to Feel More Energized at Work

Have you ever fallen victim to the mid afternoon slump? Even the most driven and motivated people can get hit with fatigue at work, causing a loss in productivity and motivation. But fear not, there are ways to combat this.

1. Get Enough Sleep. It may seem like a no-brainer, but don’t underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep. Your ability to work productively and efficiently goes down exponentially when you don’t sleep enough, no matter how much coffee you drink the next day. So stick to a solid sleep schedule, allowing you the 8+ hours of sleep per night that your body needs to power through your work day.

2. Eat Breakfast. When you’re rushed in the morning, it’s easy to skip breakfast, but you may regret it later in the day. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate meal. Just aim for something light with protein and fiber to get you through the hours until lunch time. Oatmeal, yogurt, whole wheat toast, and cereal are great quick options to keep you fueled.

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3. Turn Your Lunch Break Into a Fitness Break. A mid-day workout might be just what you need to get through the afternoon. A quick 30 minute workout will help boost your energy and burn some calories, and maybe even help you burn off some of the stress from your work day. If you don’t have a gym membership, a lunchtime walk is a great substitute. Continue reading

Apps for Small Business

If you’re a small business owner, more than likely, your work day doesn’t end when you leave the office. You’re always on the go, monitoring your business and ensuring its success through hard work and dedication. Are you using all the tools available to you to help you achieve your goals? Check out this list of apps to help your business run smoother and increase your productivity and profits, right from your phone!

Pocket

This app is a great visual way to save content relevant to your industry for later reading. Use it to save articles, videos, and images. You can even tag your content for easier search and organization. Pocket is available for desktop, iOS, and Android.

TrackingTime

Time is money, so tracking your time is essential when running a small business. This productivity app allows you to set up tasks and keep your team on track. TrackingTime also has its own analytics so that you can easily measure the success of your time management and make adjustments to your workflow accordingly. Continue reading

Managing Stress At Work

Are you feeling stressed at work? Stress can cause a tangled mess of physical and mental symptoms that will take a toll on your wellbeing. Headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure, and difficulty concentrating are just some of the many symptoms of untreated stress. These symptoms can affect you both at the office and at home. If stress is interfering with your job and everyday life, take these steps to eliminate stress in your workplace.

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Find the Source of Your Stress. The first step in addressing any issue is finding its cause. Stress is no different. When do you find yourself the most stressed at work? Is it during a deadline? On specific days? In the mornings or afternoons? Create a diary to track your day to day activities and when you’re feeling the most stressed so you can identify what is causing you stress.

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Modify Your Behavior. Often it’s not necessarily the situation we are in, but how we respond to situations that determine our levels of stress. Your first instinct after a day of dealing with a particularly difficult client might be to treat yourself to a comfort meal or wine after work. But poor dietary choices can actually make stress worse in the long run. Avoid fatty foods, alcohol, and caffeine when you feel the tensions rise and resort to healthier coping methods, like a long meditative walk after work, or some well-deserved “me time”.

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Fall Marketing Ideas

As summer comes to a close, keep the momentum going at your business with fresh marketing ideas for fall.

Celebrate the Holidays. With Halloween and Thanksgiving around the corner, there are plenty of opportunities to offer special savings and events for your business. Take advantage of lesser known holidays, or even create your own holiday centered around your products or services.

Run a Contest. Get your customers talking by hosting a contest. For example, if you have a landscaping business, host a “Best Garden” photo contest and offer your services as a prize. This is a great way to get exposure for your business.

Local Festivals. Fall is a popular time for festivals. Get involved in a local festival by sponsoring or even setting up a booth for your business. This is a great way to educate the public about your business and meet new potential customers. Continue reading

5 Ways to Help Your Business Grow This Spring

Spring is a time of growth, and that growth shouldn’t be limited to just plants. Take this time of awakening and renewal as a perfect opportunity to grow and expand your business! Here are some ways in which you can expand and move forward.

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Open Another Location. If you’re looking to reach more customers and provide more services to your community, and your current location just can’t keep up, it may be time to plan on opening another location. If you don’t have the means to start up another brick and mortar location, perhaps consider opening an online store? You’ll get the benefit of a second location without all the extra overhead and time required to do so.

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Up Your Advertising. Have you exhausted all your advertising opportunities? Chances are there’s something you may have missed. Advertising isn’t just a one time thing, it should be a constant effort on the part of your business. Advertising is more successful when utilized with multiple channels and avenues. The advertising medium you choose is up to you, and the needs of your business. If you need print, classified, or online advertising, look no further than The Guide. Click here for more information.

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Simplify. Sometimes, in order to grow, you must cut away the weeds that are holding you back. Do an audit of your company and how operations are running. Are there any areas that are stunting the growth of your business? If something is no longer selling or profiting your business, then it’s time to let it go and make way for another opportunity to take its place.

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Hire More People. If you’re stretched too thin at your business, it could be time to hire new members for your team. Each individual you hire will bring a unique approach and perspective to your business. Having more employees also lightens the workload for existing employees and allows your business to explore more opportunities.

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Special Offers. To drive sales and get new leads, offer specials and promotions. You can gain new customers, as well as reward and motivate your current customers to buy. Your offers can be as big or as small as you want them to be. Anything from coupons and sales to giveaways and referral programs can make a big difference to your success this spring. Try using upcoming holidays and events in your area to tie into your promotions. Whatever you offer, just be sure that it ties into your business and what unique service you offer.

Has your business recently expanded? Offer any advice you have in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

Spring Cleaning Strategies For the Office

When spring arrives, many of us turn our attention to spring cleaning. We focus on our home, yard, and vehicles, but what about the office? According to the American Time Use Survey, the average American spends 8.9 hours working. Shouldn’t spring cleaning also apply to the one place we spend the majority of our waking hours? Make your workplace an integral part of your spring cleaning plans. If you think you are just too busy to tackle an office spring cleaning, try to just tackle one task a day, or enlist the help of your coworkers. Utilize any downtime you have to tackle your office spring cleaning head-on.

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Before you can get any cleaning done, you’ll want to focus on cutting back on clutter. Go through your desk and drawers and take inventory of what you use on a daily basis. If it’s not essential to your daily operations, then maybe it’s time to let it go. Separate your essential and non-essential desktop items to help you decide what gets the boot. If you’ve been drowning in paperwork all winter, then this might be a good time to evaluate your filing system. Don’t forget your digital desktop, either! Delete any  digital files you no longer need and do a backup of your hard drive. Take a few minutes to go through your email inbox and delete any messages you no longer need. Whether physical or virtual, getting rid of clutter will help maximize the productivity of your workspace.

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Once you have the clutter under control, it’s time to tackle those dust bunnies. Start first with areas that are seen by clients and customers. This includes dusting, sweeping, polishing, and vacuuming.  Be sure to remember the windows! When that spring sun shines through, you’ll be able to see every bit of dirt and grime, so be thorough. At your desk, disinfect anything your hands constantly come in contact with, including your keyboard, mouse, and phone. Make certain to clean computers and tablets only with products approved by the manufacturer to avoid damaging your devices. Often, a few swipes with a microfiber cloth is all you need to clean a screen. As soon as you get a warm enough day, crack open your windows and let nature assist in clearing out the stuffy air in your office. Your newly cleaned office will promote the health and well being of everyone who works and visits there.

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If your office needs livening up after the gray cold of winter, purchase a few indoor plants and bring the beautiful colors of spring inside. A recent study shows that an office with plants increases productivity by up to 15%. In addition to increasing productivity and brightening your office, many indoor plants also improve air quality and help control humidity levels. If you’re looking for a plant that will brighten up your office and help clarify the air, try any of the following plants:

• Chrysanthemum

• Azalea

• Bamboo Palm

• Peace Lily

• Ficus

• Gerbera Daisy

• English Ivy

• Aloe

• Spider Plant

A little organization and cleaning (and maybe a new plant!) might be all you need to get your office ready for spring. How does your office prepare for the spring season? If you have any tips or cleaning methods for the office, leave a comment below to share!

Eating Healthier at Work

It’s no secret that eating right benefits your mind, body, and can help you focus and perform better at work. However, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy diet in the workplace. Factors such as time, convenience, and availability influence our dietary choices, and often not for the best. It’s much harder to make healthy choices when you are hungry.

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